This program leads to the Associate of Arts degree in Architecture. It prepares students for transfer to professional schools of architecture. The primary goals of the program are to provide students with the fundamental professional knowledge and technical skills needed to compete in the challenging and rewarding career of architecture, and to foster the development of each student's creative capacities, reflecting an integrated understanding of the multi-faceted factors influencing design decisions.

The curriculum and faculty are dedicated to providing each student with strong design skills and technical experiences early in his or her education. In the Architecture program, the design studio is the focus. It is here that design fundamentals are acquired, and technical, historical and theoretical concepts are synthesized and applied. Students increase their spatial visualization capabilities and are guided in developing a design process and a personal creative vision. At the same time, they learn to work as part of a design team. The design projects are organized to build aesthetic understanding, technical abilities, sensitivity to human needs and awareness of the social consequences of design decisions.

At the College, the study of architecture reflects the diverse and evolving roles and responsibilities of the design professional. The program provides a broad liberal arts education, drawing upon art, science, humanities, social science, and the history of architecture and interior design. This is the vital foundation that leads to the ability to design buildings that are functional, lasting and beautiful.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Creatively solve specific design problems related to the fundamentals of architectural design in the built environment with the use of critical thinking, analysis, research, 2-D and 3-D formal ordering systems, and visual perception throughout the design process.
  • Communicate effectively individually or as a member of a team:
    • Orally
    • Written
    • In design drawings utilizing freehand drawing, manual and computer drafting
    • By producing three-dimensional analog models and computer modeling
  • Describe the fundamentals of common construction materials and methods, their use in building components and assemblies, and their environmental impact.
  • Explain the complex interaction of people, place, historical / cultural / environmental / technological contexts in architecture.


Program Entry Requirements:

Interested high school students should complete a year of geometry, two years of algebra and two years in art-related areas (drawing, sculpture, photography or related areas). Mechanical drafting or Computer Assisted Design is also advantageous.

Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental coursework must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses prior to enrolling in courses required by the degree program.


Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A. A. degree in Architecture, a student must complete a minimum of 64 credits as prescribed, attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) and earn a "C" or higher in all ADC and ART courses.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction 3 creditsTech Comp*
ADC 103 - CAD Basics 3 creditsTech Comp*
ADC 109 - Design Studio I 4 credits 
MATH 161 - Precalculus I (or above as per placement) **FNMT 118 or MATH 118  with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 1

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ADC 159 - Design Studio IIADC 103 , ADC 1094 credits 
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: PropertiesADC 103 or ADC 1093 credits 
ADC 160 - Presentation TechniquesADC 1033 credits 
ART 105 - Drawing I 3 creditsOral Communication/Creative Expression
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 2

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ADC 209 - Design Studio IIIADC 159ADC 1604 credits 
ADC 212 - Construction Materials and Detailing: MethodsADC 103 or ADC 1093 credits 
ADC 221 - History of Architecture and Interiors IENGL 1013 credits 
ADC 260 - Advanced Presentation TechniquesADC 160; and ADC 209 which may be taken be taken concurrently, or ADC 163 which may be taken concurrently3 credits 
PHYS 111 - General Physics I** or
Scientific Reasoning Elective
For PHYS 111: MATH 162 or MATH 1713 or 4 creditsScientific Reasoning

Semester 4

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ADC 222 - History of Architecture and Interiors IIADC 221 and ENGL 102 which may be taken concurrently3 credits 
ADC 253 - Environmental Systems I or
ADC 254 - Environmental Systems II
ADC 253: ADC 103 or ADC 109
ADC 254: ADC 101 and ADC 103 or ADC 109
3 credits 
ADC 259 - Design Studio IVADC 2094 credits 
ADC 176 / HIST 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning 3 creditsCultural Analysis & Interpretation
Directive Elective (choose one):
ADC 163 - Architectural Visualization with Autodesk Revit or
ADC 226 - Introduction to Building Structures  or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) 
For ADC 163: ADC 103
For ADC 226: MATH 137 or higher
3 credits 


* Students must complete ADC 101 and ADC 103 to meet the Technological Competency requirement.
** MATH 162 or MATH 171 and PHYS 111 recommended for transfer students

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.